Cannons Creek Village Planning
This page describes the ongoing Village Planning Programme work in Cannons Creek. The programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Cannons Creek to develop and improve their village.
To learn more about about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.
On this page you will find:
Cannons Creek Village Planning - Latest news
Village Planning update
The community is working to revitalise its residents association and update the village plan.
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Calliope Park claimed back by the community.
Children play at Calliope Park's revamped playground
Calliope Park in Cannons Creek is now teeming with kids and families after being reclaimed by the community working with Council.
Calliope Park needed a face-lift and the children’s playground wasn’t a great space for little ones; so the community, through the Council’s Village Planning Programme, has transformed it.
Local man Jon Blackshaw said he used to walk through the park every day on his way to work and people just weren’t using it because it was run down and unsafe for kids to use.
“It was dark because it wasn’t well lit and there was often broken glass around the playground. “I could see the potential for a much better playground and once the community got involved it came up with a much greater vision. As a result we now have this very family friendly space that is used by the community, local schools, churches and kindergartens.”
The design for the redevelopment of the park was done by the community following brainstorming sessions at community BBQs, meetings and street surveys.
The project happened in stages from 2012 with drainage and grass work followed by lighting improvements and a new footpath. The basketball court has been upgraded and extended and picnic tables and seats installed. Last year the old playground was dismantled and a new one built on the sunny, southern end of the park alongside Warspite Ave.
“It’s been a magnet for children and their families ever since,” Jon said.
The old playground structure was recrafted off-site by Plimmerton Rotary into four pieces of adult fitness equipment which were installed in early April 2015 a nd an opening ceremony held.
Thanks to the community, Council and Plimmerton Rotary this park is now a go-to spot.
The photograph below shows step-up fitness equipment being installed at Calliope Park during March 2015.
The photograph below shows children playing on the new playground shortly after it was opened.
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Cannons Creek shopping centre parking and road safety
Cannons Creek shopping centre’s parking area has been upgraded and a slow zone created through the village to improve safety.
The upgrade was completed in August 2014 and has resulted in the shopping centre carpark being reconfigured, with one entrance closed and the taxi stand moved to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.
The upgrade was sparked by community demand and the Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association worked with Porirua City Council’s Village Planning Programme and the Road Safety team to develop a plan to improve the layout and safety of the shopping centre parking area.
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Cannons Creek mural art festival
This photograph shows Cannons Creek artist and writer Olivia Giles in front of her roller door mural
Art captures local flavour and stories
“Dreams of the future” have been captured by eight artists in murals painted on the shop roller doors in Cannons Creek.
The project in early January 2014 was lead by Porirua City Council Graffiti Management Co-ordinator Richard Witheford-Smith. It was aimed at brightening the shopping centre by painting the gray doors that come down over some of the shops at night.
A group of local Porirua artists, most from Cannons Creek, spent a week creating the murals.
Artist Ruth Robertson-Taylor says the main focus of the artwork is around the themes of migration, dreams of the future and symbolically representing the cultural diversity of Cannons Creek.
Central to the themed artworks is Tangaroa/Tangaloa/Takaroa, a deity which exists in all Pacific cultures, who protects travellers across the pacific. Around him are the artists’ individual murals which are linked by the underlying theme and a primary colour pallet of red, blue and yellow.
The summer art festival ran from January 10 to 17 and the photograph below show the artists at work.
To find out more contact Richard Witheford-Smith, Graffiti Reduction Coordinator, DDI: 04 237 1560.
Take a look at other community graffiti reduction projects
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Cannons Creek shopping centre is now ablaze with light at night
Cannons Creek shopping centre is as light at night as it is in the day thanks to an upgrade of under-verandah lighting that finished in September 2013.
The entire shopping centre from Mentor Lane through to Warspite and Mungavin Aves is now being consistently lit at night.
The community asked for the upgrade and the work has been done through the Village Planning Programme.
Local police are thrilled. Sergeant in Charge of the Neighbourhood Policing Team Dennis Ngatai says the shopping centre feels safer at night and he is hopeful issues with graffiti and vandalism will reduce.
“It’s something we and the residents have wanted for some time. It’s a good thing. It reduces locations where people can hide and we believe it will deter people from doing graffiti at night.”
The provision of good pedestrian lighting in retail areas has been shown to reduce social problems and increase public safety and evening retail trade.
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Cannons Creek residents turn out in force to present their village plan to Council
About 40 members of the Cannons Creek community turned out to present their village plan to Council in November 2012.
The colourful plan (pictured below) has been developed over two and a half years by the Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association in consultation with the community.
Chairman Aporo Joyce presented the plan and told councillors it would help shape the future of Cannons Creek.
"This plan is for today and the future. It sets out our community's view of how they would like to see Cannons Creek develop."
Council will now work in partnership with the community to see how the plan's recommendations can be implemented.
View a copy of the final plan (2.79MB)
The Cannons Creek Village Plan is focused on improving five key areas;
- environment & recreational spaces,
- strengthening community links
- the shopping centre
- youth issues
Work is already underway to tackle several issues raised by the community; including improving lighting around the shopping centre and revamping Calliope Park.
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Cannons Creek contacts
For the latest Cannons Creek contacts please go to the Village Planning Programme contacts page
Meeting dates for the Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association
The Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association is not currently meeting.
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